Published: 14th Jun 2019

As local authorities strive to manage their resources effectively, taking opportunities to dispose of land that they do not need can be an important way of generating income.  Land disposal can also make an important contribution to regeneration by making land available for development. When they dispose of land, local authorities need to make sure that they are aware of the full range of legal issues, as failure to comply with any of them will make a local authority’s decisions vulnerable to challenge, writes Tiffany Cloynes, partner at law firm Geldards. Powers A local authority must act within its powers in every disposal of land it makes.  An important aspect of this is to know the purpose for which land is held because this will determine which power the local authority will use and any particular requirements and constraints that apply to the exercise of the power. On many occasions, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)